Mon­day is the day that stu­dents re­turn

The Covington News - - LOOKING BACK -

For school-age New­ton County kids, the freedom of sum­mer will end all too soon when a new school year be­gins on Mon­day.

New­ton County School Su­per­in­ten­dent Dick Sch­nei­der said about 7,750 stu­dents are ex­pected this year.

For the New­ton County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion staff mem­bers, though, this sum­mer was hardly a va­ca­tion.

They have been busy find­ing five new prin­ci­pals, get­ting the schools back in shape, and hir­ing about 60 new teach­ers, ac­cord­ing to Dave Young, New­ton County School’s Ad­min­is­tra­tive As­sis­tant for Per­son­nel.

For many high school stu­dents, va­ca­tion has al­ready ended, since the band, ma­jorettes, flag corps, drill team, cheer­lead­ers, and of course the football team, must be ready to­mor­row night as New­ton County meets John­son High in a home game.

Sev­eral changes are in store for stu­dents this year. For one thing, five of the schools have new princ­pals. In ad­di­tion to new ad­min­is­tra­tions, many schools have re­ceived a facelift this sum­mer.

Ac­cord­ing to Sch­nei­der, most schools have had some cos­metic work, in­clud­ing paint­ing and re­plac­ing of floor tiles.

A new wing has been added to Palmer-Stone, al­though Sch­nei­der has said con­struc­tion will not be fin­ished un­til about the end of Septem­ber. Thanks to the work of par­ents and teach­ers, Palmer-Stone will also have a new play­ground this year.

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